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Pharrell Explains Work on Jay Z’s Black Album for Life+Times’ DECODED

Jay Z’s eighth studio album – The Black Album – debuted in 2003 at number one on the Billboard charts and has since gone on to sell over 3 million copies in the United States alone. Arguably one of his better projects, The Black Album will celebrate...

Decoded: Talib Kweli Breaks Down “Get By” and “Turnt Up”

Life + Times sits down with legendary Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli to break down the lyrics for “Turnt Up,” one of the singles from his forthcoming Prisoner of Consciousness LP. A frequent complaint about hip-hop music is that the lyrics ar...

Kendrick Lamar Breaks Down “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst”

In the latest installment of Life + Times’ DECODED series, Kendrick Lamar breaks down the track “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” off his latest album good kid, m.A.A.d city. A poignant track based on a true story, hear Ken...